Behind the Secret Window

A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War II
by Nelly S. Toll

Ages 12+ Fifty years ago, Nelly and her mother were confined to a single room for thirteen months hidden from the Nazis in the small bedroom of a Gentile couple in Lwow, Poland. Like Anne Frank, Nelly kept a diary; even more notable, she produced dozens of vibrant water color paintings. Here is the true story of a perceptive eight year old’s experience during the Holocaust and how she dealt with the grim reality surrounding her. The book includes a select collection of her paintings which were produced during her seclusion. Together, text and art tell the story of an imaginative child beset with terrifying uncertainties; of a courageous mother who nurtured her daughter’s belief in brighter days ahead, and of the resilience of the human spirit.(161 Pages)

Publisher: Penguin, 1993

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